WHAT: 27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, 19th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The top 10 drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships. The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car also will be contested at this event. In 2012, NHRA is celebrating Nitro Generation, honoring all the generations of fans, drivers, and teams that have shared their passion for the sport and made NHRA the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body.
WHERE: Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Hwy. 287, Ennis, Texas. Follow I-45 or I-35E to Hwy 287, then follow 287 to the track.
WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 20-23.
THURSDAY, Sept. 20 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 10 a.m.
FRIDAY, Sept. 21 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 8:30 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
SATURDAY, Sept. 22 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT for Funny Car at 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
SUNDAY, Sept. 23 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10:15 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise 90 minutes of qualifying highlights at 10:30 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Sept. 23, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of race eliminations at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Friday, Sept. 21, 9:30 – 10 p.m. (ET), AMC 9 / Transponder 19C
Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 – 8 p.m. (ET), AMC 9 / Transponder 19C
Sunday, Sept. 23, 7:30 – 8 p.m. (ET), AMC 9 / Transponder 19C
4080 MHz, horizontal; Data Rate: 40.461470554 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)
Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.